Engineers Dismantle Big Green

Hanover — A talented Rensselaer team came into Thompson Arena on Saturday night and handed the Dartmouth men’s hockey team a 7-1 loss.

The Big Green fell to 0-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in ECAC Hockey play; the Engineers are (5-2-1, 1-1-1)

Brock Higgs recorded a hat trick in the first two periods for the visitors, while Ryan Haggerty netted his 10th goal of the season and added two assists for three points. Matt Neal also had a goal and two helpers, giving RPI a trio of three-point performers.

The lone offensive bright spot for the home team came 14:43 into the third period as freshman Troy Crema picked up his second goal of the season on a redirected shot below the right circle. Josh Hartley and Connor Dempsey earned assists.

Shortly after Crema’s goal, however, RPI’s Luke Curadi out the final touch on his team’s night with the seventh and final goal.

The Engineers were backstopped by junior Scott Diebold, who made 31 saves. Big Green goalie Cab Morris finished with 16 stops.

Women’s Hockey

Dartmouth 3, RPI 1

Troy, n.y. — Senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 33 of the 34 she faced as Dartmouth (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC) topped Rensselaer (2-6-1, 1-1-0) for its first win of the season.

Ali Winkel, Karlee Odland and Laura Stacey scored for the Big Green, which went 1-for-2 on the power play and also killed all four of its penalties. For the fourth time in five games, Dartmouth was perfect on the penalty kill and is 20-for-21 when a skater down this season.

Holdcroft (1-2-0) earned her first win of the season between the pipes, registering a season-high .971 save percentage, while Kelly O’Brien (2-5-1) made eight saves for RPI.

Men’s Soccer

Harvard 2, Dartmouth 1

Boston — Dartmouth dropped its fifth Ivy League game of the season with a loss to Harvard.

Harvard finished the game with a 19-7 advantage in shots. For the first time this season, Dartmouth used two keepers. Freshman James Hickok played the first half and made four saves, while sophomore Stefan Cleveland made two saves in the final 45 minutes.

The Crimson scored twice in the first half and took a 12-3 edge in shots. Andrew Chang gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, followed by Pascal Mensah in the 41st minute.

The Big Green scored late in the second half on a free kick by junior Gabe Stauber from 25 yards out.

Women’s Soccer

Colby-Sawyer 5, Thomas 0

New London — Top-seeded Colby-Sawyer (17-3) shut out No. 8 Thomas (4-13) in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals. The Chargers will play Husson in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Marion James, Tallon Tomasi, Adrienne Bender, Michelle Upham and Kelsey Campbell scored for the Chargers. Colby-Sawyer goalie Karley Hamilton, of Bradford, Vt., recorded her 14th shutout of the season.

College Field Hockey

Dartmouth 4, Harvard 2

Boston — Two goals early in the second half snapped a 2-2 tie as Dartmouth (7-8, 3-3 Ivy League) defeated Harvard (6-9, 1-5).

Senior Olivia Quaglia scored her sixth goal of the season, converting on a penalty stroke in the 48th minute, while sophomore Eliza Becker added her second of the day in the 54th to give the Big Green some insurance in its 2013 road finale.

Dartmouth goalie Ellen Meyer matched her career high with 13 saves. Meyer was especially strong in the second half, stopping all eight Harvard shots she faced.

Becker and Jenna Schwenk scored first-half goals for Dartmouth.

Men’s Rugby

Green Wins Ivy North 7s

Hanover — Dartmouth hosted the second round of Ivy North 7s at Brophy and Battle Fields. The team returned to full strength in preparation for the Ivy 7s Championships next weekend at Princeton. The Dartmouth first and second sevens went undefeated. The day culminated with Dartmouth defeating Brown 31-0 in the finals of the top bracket.

In the tournament opener against Harvard, Dartmouth’s first seven used an early scoring spree from wings Wil Chockley and Kevin Clark to capture a 31-0 win. The team followed it up with a 29-0 victory over Brown, with Pat Flynn and John Abraham each finding the try zone twice. Soon after, Dartmouth took the field again to close out round-robin play with a 40-0 defeat of Yale with Hughes starring with three tries.

Women’s Volleyball

Brown 3, Dartmouth 0

Hanover — Dartmouth (10-12, 3-7 Ivy) dropped its second match in a row, falling to Brown (9-12, 5-5). The game was closer than the score indicated as the Bears topped the Big Green, 25-23, 26-24, 28-26.

Elisa Scudder paced the attack for the Big Green, registering a match-high 14 kills. Freshman Stacey Benton dished out a match-best 37 assists.

H.S. Girls Soccer

Hanover 2, Windham 1

Windham, n.h. — Seventh-seeded Hanover (10-3-5) held off No. 2 Windham to advance to the NHIAA Division II semifinals.

The Marauders will play for a shot at the D-II title game on Wednesday.

Suzanna Penfield opened the scoring in the 19th minute when she converted the rebound of Julia Krass’ initial shot. The Marauders made it 2-0 18 minutes into the second half when Kelly Brigham scored, assisted by Sarah Wagner.

Windham made it 2-1 on a penalty kick 27 minutes into the half, and Hanover held on from there.

“The field was a little bumpy, so it took a little while to get over that,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said. “Once we did, we were possessing well and passing well, so I feel pretty good about the result.”

Hanover keeper Ashley Levesque made eight saves.

Woodsville 3, Gorham 2 (ot)

Woodsville — Top-seeded Woodsville edged No. 8 Gorham in overtime to advance to the semifinals of the NHIAA Division IV tournament.

The Engineers will face fourth-seeded Newmarket, which defeated No. 12 Epping 1-0 on Saturday.

H.S. Cross Country

Raiders, Marauders at MoC

Nashua, n.h. — Several runners from Hanover and Lebanon participated in the NHIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday as Nashua’s Mines Falls Park.

Lebanon junior Josh Fontaine placed sixth in the boys’ race, as he completed the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 5.16 seconds to help the Raiders place 14th as a team. He was followed by teammates Zak Kinsman (27th), Nick Orgnic (94th), Raphael Harriman (119th)and Ethan Guyer (154th). Garrett Ruley (26th, 16:41.61) and Felix Herron (39th) represented Hanover.

The Hanover girls placed 10th as a team, led by senior Zla Doyle (21st, 19:36.08). She was followed by teammates Liesle Robbins (29th), Finley Doyle (47th), Aparna Alavilli (79th), Liza Goss (113th) and Kay Torrey (120th).

H.S. Field Hockey

Holderness 3, KUA 0

Meriden — The Wildcats were dealt a shutout at the hands of the Bulls for the second time this season. Senior Alana Corrado had six saves in the net for the Wildcats.

H.S. Girls Volleyball

St. Thomas 3, Hanover 1

Dover — Sixth-seeded Hanover fell to third-seeded St. Thomas in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division II tournament.